From the Bridge Wing 10-6-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1881 – At daylight the crew of Station No. 1, First District (Carrying Point Cove, West Quoddy Head, Maine), sighted a schooner at anchor some four miles east-southeast of the station. She did not appear to be in distress, and as no signal was made it was supposed she had simply anchored to await the abatement of the winds, which at the time was blowing strong from the northwest. The keeper ordered a close watch on the schooner, in case she should signal for assistance. At 11 a .m. the lookout observed a boat leave her side and attempt to reach land, but the gale was too much for it and the effort had to be abandoned. The boat returned to the schooner. Upon arriving alongside, the keeper found the schooner to be Eclipse, of Eastport, Maine and that she had encountered a heavy squall the afternoon previous. It had split her sails and started her leaking badly. In this condition they had anchored her during the night, about two miles from the land, her crew, three in number, being almost exhausted by their efforts to keep her free. The life-saving crew at once turned to and pumped her out and made temporary repairs on the sails, and then worked her up into a safe harbor.

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Coast Guard Commander & Astronaut Bruce Melnik

1990 – NASA astronaut and Coast Guard CDR Bruce Melnick made his first space flight when he served as a Mission Specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery on Space Shuttle MissionSTS-41, which flew from 6 to 10 October 1990.  Discovery deployed the Ulysses spacecraft for its five-year mission to explore the polar regions of the sun.  CDR Melnick was the first Coast Guardsman selected by NASA for astronaut training  During his Coast Guard career CDR Melnik logged over 5,000 hours flying time, predominantly in the HH-3F Pelican, HH-52 Sea Guard, HH-65 Dolphin, and T-38 Talon aircraft. Melnick was selected by NASA in 1987 and became an astronaut in August 1988 with the missions STS-41 and STS-49.


Statement by Acting Secretary Beers on the Implementation of the Pay Our Military Act – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Today, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Rand Beers announced that most Coast Guard civilian personnel placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week.


Coast Guard Academy offers New London students college football right down the street – The Day

On a lovely autumn Saturday orchestrated, perhaps, by Robert Frost, a lot of New London kids experienced the pageantry of college football for the first time. As part of the first “Celebrate New London,” a collaborative effort between the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the City of New London, free tickets for the game between the Coast Guard Bears and the Western New England Golden Bears were made available to city public school students and their families.


SAN DIEGO – An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego medically evacuate a cruise ship Westerdam passenger that suffered a possible heart attack approximately 40 miles northwest of San Diego, Oct. 5, 2013. The man and ship’s nurse were hoisted to the helicopter and transported to Sector San Diego. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector San Diego.

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